Australia may alter compensation scheme

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 16 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:998
  1. C Zinn

    Medical mistakes by Australian doctors are costing taxpayers more than $A500m (pounds sterling 243m) a year, but compensation is being paid to only a couple of thousand patients, said a government report last week. In one of his last actions as federal health minister Senator Graham Richardson has proposed an overhaul of the medical compensation system after releasing the 400 page report from the Government Professional Indemnity Review. Its author, Ms Fiona Tito, found that up to 146 000 patients a year suffered from medical mistakes but that only 2000 received compensation. Medical mistakes - …

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